North Sea deal to protect thousands of jobs in the green energy transition

Highly-skilled oil and gas workers and the supply chain will not be left behind in the transition to a low carbon future, the UK Government has vowed as it looks to exploit new and emerging technologies such as hydrogen.

Today’s (24th March) move is arguably what the oil and gas sector has been waiting for, as talks around net zero and carbon free fuels continue to hinder the oil and gas sector, putting many jobs at risk in the major sector.

Avoiding such losses, the government and trade unions will work with the oil and gas sector to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production. Such corporation will take place over the next decade and beyond.

Through the package of measures, the deal is expected to cut pollution by up to 60 million tonnes by 2030 including 15 million tonnes from oil and gas production on the UK Continental Shelf – the equivalent of annual emissions from 90% of the UK’s homes – while supporting up to 40,000 jobs across the supply chain.

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